02/06/2013 1:10PM

Fair Grounds: Mineshaft Handicap likely next race for Infrattini

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Infrattini, a 5-year-old gelding , has won his last four starts, the most recent being the Jan. 19 Louisiana Handicap.

Infrattini most likely will make his next start in the $150,000 Mineshaft Handicap on Feb. 23 at Fair Grounds and then skip the $400,000 New Orleans Handicap five weeks later to prepare for the $300,000 Alysheba on the May 3 Kentucky Oaks undercard at Churchill Downs, said trainer Paul McGee.

Infrattini, a 5-year-old gelding owned by the Z Thoroughbreds LLC of Mike Zlaket, has won his last four starts, the most recent being the Jan. 19 Louisiana Handicap over the highly regarded Mark Valeski.

McGee initially had intended to skip the Mineshaft and go in the New Orleans Cap before deciding on this amended course of action for his newest stable star.

Infrattini set the Churchill record for one mile (1:33.31) in November before returning with his three-quarter-length triumph in the Louisiana Cap. A son of Include, he had a maintenance work last weekend at Fair Grounds in his first serious move since then.

The Grade 3 Mineshaft is one of six stakes on the Feb. 23 Louisiana Derby Preview card, which is the next major racing date at Fair Grounds. The program is led by the Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes for 3-year-olds.